England left Pakistan to start their second innings 75 runs adrift, after declaring on 598 for nine in the first Test at the Zayed Cricket Stadium.
The tourists added an extra 29 runs for the loss of one tailend wicket on the final morning in a match almost certainly destined for a stalemate.
Alternatively, England had a possible 79 overs in which to try to bowl out their hosts - and perhaps then chase a small total for a highly improbable victory.
After resuming on 569 for eight, Stuart Broad began with an edge low and wide of the slips for four from the third ball of the morning off Rahat Ali - and in the left-armer's next over, he added another boundary off the middle with a square-drive.
The unusual sight of 200 overs bowled clicked on to the scoreboard soon afterwards.
Other statistics were on England's mind, as they tried to eke out a lead - without wasting precious time - which might just create a few Pakistani nerves.
Adil Rashid did not manage to do so, with the bat at any rate, before Imran Khan snaked the ball back through his loose drive to bowl him middle-stump.
Then after Broad and James Anderson had scrambled another eight runs - and moments after a review offered Anderson a reprieve - Alastair Cook decided it was time to bring the last pair in and have a full hour at Pakistan before lunch.